Crawford’s Star Continues to Rise

By Ted Sares on April 18, 2015
Crawford’s Star Continues to Rise
The champ from Omaha carried his power with him to the 140-lb. division. (LM Otero/AP)

A purist’s dream, he blends extraordinary technical skills, versatility, great defense, a relaxed confidence, and a documented appetite for combat…

“Crawford came from, almost literally, nowhere and it wasn’t until maybe eight or nine fights ago that anyone other than a small group of insiders would regard him as someone potentially important.”—Paul Magno

“I see myself doing great things in this weight class. I feel like I am going to be stronger. I feel like I am going to be faster. I am getting the experience that I need to be smarter and wiser. I don’t go in the ring looking for any particular fighter. I just want to fight the best.”—Terence Crawford

Have you ever heard a song and knew in your heart that it was something special, and then it later caught on and became a big hit, After that, you kind of threw up your hands and said “I knew before it anyone else” but that had the ring of “yeah, sure you did” to it. Well that’s the way I am with Terence Crawford because the first time I saw him fight against Breidis Prescott in 2013 I knew he was something special, and tonight at College Park Center in Texas against a talented Thomas Dulorme (22-1 coming in), Terence continued to be something very special as he won the vacant WBO super lightweight title.

Crawford’s greatest edge in this bout was that he has a high Ring IQ and knows how to work an opponent into setups which he executes flawlessly. While the two combatants fought pretty evenly through the first five rounds, it was clear that the more cerebral and versatile Crawford was coming on and was beginning to time his punches. After following his corner’s sage advice to close the gap and get busier, Terence did just that as he perpetrated an explosion in the sixth; he staggered Dulorme with a perfect right that sent Dulorme to the ropes and then followed up with a hook that put the stunned Puerto Rican on the canvas. With precision punching, Crawford quickly decked Dulorme again with a left hook and then closed the show with a malicious volley that left Thomas, who no longer had any legs, on the fringes of the ring and under the rope. There was no question that the champion from Omaha had carried his power with him to the 140-pound division.

Terence Crawford may well end up the Fighter of the Year again in 2015 if he continues to fight and beat the best opposition. He is a purist’s dream as he blends extraordinary technical skills, versatility, great defense, a relaxed confidence, and a documented appetite for combat.

In short, Terence Crawford is special.

The only possible negative in this engagement was Max Kellerman’s over-the-top drooling over Crawford during the course of the entire fight. First it was Pernell Whitaker, then Zab Judah, and now apparently it’s Crawford.

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  1. Tex Hassler 08:03am, 05/15/2015

    What boxing needs is a rising star and Crawford may just be for real. He is on the way up with rocket power at this point in his career.

  2. John aka L.L. Cool John 03:31pm, 04/23/2015

    Crawdad: Did I overlook something misspelled in this piece? It looks fine to me, and the writers’ credentials are impeccable.

  3. Crawdad 10:51am, 04/23/2015

    This article is rife with errors. Maybe spell check or something sometimes.

  4. Kid Blast 02:29pm, 04/20/2015

    Someone easy. He has earned it but now the scheming Arum want him to fight Maytheesese..

    Give the kid a walkover.

  5. Big Wally 12:35pm, 04/20/2015

    Who should be his next opponent?

  6. Dollarbond 12:33pm, 04/20/2015

    What’s Zito ever done to you?  Relax.  Life is too short.

  7. Kid Blast 04:27pm, 04/19/2015

    Re Zito, hahahahahahah

  8. John aka L.L. Cool John 02:53pm, 04/19/2015

    Ted Sares: I talked with Chuck Zito several years ago at a fight in Vegas. He’s extremely kind and likable ... a true man’s man. However, he has a subdued side that scared the shit out of me. No nonsense! If a fight broke out at an after hours party after a fight in a casino, I’d hope to have him on my side. I would NOT want to be looking at him face-to-face.

  9. John aka L.L. Cool John 02:24pm, 04/19/2015

    I’m sure both Mayweather and Pacquiao are glad to be fighting one another rather than this kid. He’s creeping up in weight, and bringing his punch with him.  Lookout! FYI: Crawford has an impressive 69-percent KO percentage.

  10. Kid Blast 01:18pm, 04/19/2015

    Thanks Lads

  11. dollarbond 01:15pm, 04/19/2015

    Well written Ted.  Nice description of Crawford’s skills.

  12. Big Wally 01:13pm, 04/19/2015

    Well done Ted

  13. Kid Blast 12:22pm, 04/19/2015

    Old Yank has the beat

    Thanks John and Irish.

  14. Kid Blast 12:21pm, 04/19/2015

    Stallone is a midget on roids but he hit it big with Rocky and Rambo and now he and that suck-up-to-the-stars Zito can act like movie tough guys.

    Speaking of distasteful subjects, I heard Pac sing yesterday and before I could swill down some milk of magnesia I puked.

  15. John aka L.L. Cool John 12:19pm, 04/19/2015

    He looked damn good! Nice coverage, Ted.

  16. Old Yank 10:34am, 04/19/2015

    Crawford has that rare ability to make any adjustments necessary to win. Perhaps the only active fighter I know that can do that better is Mayweather—but I’ve noticed over the past 3 bouts that Mayweather’s feet don’t move like they used to—so perhaps Crawford has overtaken him in his ability to adjust without having to compensate for feet slowing a click.

    There is a lanky, Hearns-like quality about him but with a higher ring IQ.

    His star is indeed rising—one of the brightest out there.

  17. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:11am, 04/19/2015

    What a bullshit world this has become….turns out Rocky, even with his lifts, is the same height as Pacman

  18. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:34am, 04/19/2015

    One caveat…..I agreed with Don Trella who scored Hank Lundy a winner over Dulorme, who in the later rounds appeared to be looking for the exit.

  19. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:14am, 04/19/2015

    Ted Sares-Two quotes and really only three paragraphs….just what I like….great report! If he relocates to Vegas he will be a $100,000,000 fighter too…..not enough corn in Omaha!

  20. Kid Blast 07:29am, 04/19/2015

    FD, I could not have said that better myself. TC could fight in any era and win in any era.

    By the way, the technical issues associated with HBO last night were God awful. Three-second pauses and repeated words drove me up the wall. And Max didn’t help with his continual praise of Crawford. Thank God Roy was on hand.

  21. FrankinDallas 07:23am, 04/19/2015

    Crawford completely denies the silly posting of some individuals
    on boxing sites that new boxers don’t understand the fine points of
    the Sweet Science as to the old guys who were superhuman. This guy has all the tools. He looks like a surgeon out there, first figuring out his opponents weaknesses and then exploiting them mercilessly.

    There indeed was bad weather in the Dallas area last night. I had
    hail on my patio.

    I turned off the sound after a round or two. Same as I did to Showtime
    later that night.

  22. Kid Blast 07:22am, 04/19/2015

    Peter, you should have been watching him. He can adjust with the best.

  23. peter 06:31am, 04/19/2015

    I’ll be watching him. He’s one of the more successful switch-hitters I’ve seen. He seems to hit hard with either hand.

  24. pugknows 09:45pm, 04/18/2015

    Flawless is the operative word.

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